Recap: Microsoft’s E3 2018 Press Conference

Microsoft kicked off day two of the E3 2018 press conferences. Here are the highlights from their presentation.

They opened the show with a trailer for Halo: Infinite.

Phil Spencer took the stage to let us know the show would have the following:

50 Games

18 Exclusives

15 World Premieres.

Exclusive: Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Coming in 2019.

World Premiere: From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Coming fall 2019.

Todd Howard took the stage to announce that Fallout 4 is coming to Xbox Game Pass beginning today. He introduced the first look at Fallout 76 and explained it will be a prequel to all the other games, and four times as large as Fallout 4. The game will take place in West Virginia.

World Premiere: Square Enix’s The Awesome Adventure of Captain Spirit.

Exclusive: Crackdown 3. Coming in February 2019.

NieR: Automata will be coming to Xbox One on 06.26.18.

A trailer for Metro: Exodus was shown. The game releases 02.22.19.

Phil Spencer returned to announce Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming to Xbox One. The game releases on 01.29.19.

Exclusive: Two Sea of Thieves expansions were announced titled Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores.

A Battlefield V trailer was shown.

Exclusive World Premiere: Forza Horizon 4.

Ralph Fulton took the stage to talk about Forza Horizon 4. The game releases 10.02.18.

Phil Spencer returned to announce a new Microsoft studio: The Initiative. He also announced the following studios are now Microsoft studios: Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games.

A trailer for We Happy Few was shown. The game releases 08.10.18.

Console Launch Exclusive: PUBG War Mode. Coming in winter 2018.

World Premiere: Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. The game releases this winter.

World Premiere: The Division 2. The game releases 03.15.19.

Ashley Speicher took the stage to talk about Xbox Game Pass Fast Start. The Fast Start update is coming later this month.

Coming to Game Pass today: The Division, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and Fallout 4.

A montage of ID@XBOX games was shown. I’m going to be really honest with you: each game was shown so briefly that I couldn’t get them all listed here. I’m sorry. There were a lot of intriguing looking titles in the bunch.

A trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider was shown. The game releases 09.14.18.

Console Launch Exclusive: Session.

Console Launch Exclusive: Black Desert.

World Premiere: Devil May Cry 5. The game releases in spring 2019.

Hideaki Itsuno and Matt Walker took the stage to talk about Devil May Cry 5.

Console Launch Exclusive: Cuphead expansion: The Delicious Last Course. Coming in 2019.

Console Launch Exclusive: Tunic.

Phil Spencer returned to the stage to introduce a slew of world premieres.

World Premiere: Jump Force. Coming in 2019.

World Premiere: Dying Light 2.

Chris Avellone took the stage to talk about Dying Light 2.

Exclusive World Premiere: Battletoads. Coming in 2019.

World Premiere: Just Cause 4. The game releases 12.04.18.

World Premiere: Gears Pop! Coming in 2019.

Rod Fergusson took the stage to talk about Gears Pop! and to announce Gears Tactics. The studio is also working on Gears 5. He introduced a trailer from Gears 5. The game is coming in 2019.

Phil Spencer returned to the stage to talk about Microsoft AI and bringing console quality gaming to every device.

He was interrupted by a world premiere for Cyberpunk 2077.

Microsoft definitely knew how to end on a high note with the world premiere of Cyberpunk 2077, and their presentation, overall, was laden with surprises.

Later tonight I will have the recap of Bethesda’s presser. Stay hydrated, everyone!

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  1. I’ll admit that I wasn’t going in with much enthusiasm to Microsoft’s conference, but what I saw left me really impressed. They definitely brought the games this year and while the vast majority weren’t exclusives, it was still surprising to me to see a wide variety of games of different genres from them. Just the fact alone of Microsoft’s conference being the debut of games such as Sekiro, Kingdom Hearts III, Devil May Cry 5 and Jump Force, which most would normally expect to see at Sony’s conference, shows they’ve been putting a lot of effort into getting more games onto the Xbox One. Also having 18 exclusives upcoming as well as announcing five new studios to make games for them is a relief for those who only game on Xbox since that has been one of their bigger issues this gen and also a nice incentive for purchasing Game Pass.

    My biggest surprises were the announcement of Battletoads and Gears 5 which I’m looking forward to the most. Nice work as always Rebekah!

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  2. This was probably the best E3 conference Microsoft has had in years. We got to see the premieres of a lot of cool games.

    A sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, A new FromSoftware game and a new Devil May Cry game. More Cuphead is always a good thing in my book, and I never thought the day would come that a new Battletoads would be announced. Gears 5 is looking pretty good, I wonder how the team will handle its multiplayer progression, whether it will keep doing lootboxes or try something new. It shows they’re putting in a lot of effort to keep up with Sony.

    Thanks for the recap!

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